After a rare miss in 2016, Wisconsin football has proven to be back on track when landing top caliber football players along the offensive line.
Erasing the sting of the state’s top lineman last year, four-star offensive guard Ben Bredeson, committing to Michigan, the Badgers landed this year’s top in-state lineman in Port Washington’s Tyler Beach, who committed over the likes of Michigan and Notre Dame in April.
The final piece of Wisconsin’s four-man offensive line recruiting class, Beach attended Saturday’s lineman camp and is feeling very good about the direction of his game.
“I thought I performed very well at the camp,” Beach told BadgerNation. “Overall my pass blocking, especially, improved while at the camp. Also my left handed stance, which I’ve been working on, improved.”
Beach was a prospect that the Badgers coaching staff desperately wanted to land, something the three-star lineman was certainly aware of that. Beach wanted to take the opportunity Saturday to perform as well as he could in front of offensive coordinator/line coach Joe Rudolph while also listening to any advice the staff could give him.
Per Beach, his performance at the camp showed his potential. The coaches, along with Beach, were happy how he was able to improve on certain aspects of his game throughout the camp, but the staff is also looking for Beach to work on more parts of his game during the summer.
“Really the staff just wants me to be working on my pass protection,” said Beach. “The staff also gave me different drills to use back home this summer.”
Though Beach’s main focus was working on improving his game, Saturday’s camp was also a prime opportunity to start forming a sense of a chemistry with the other linemen committed to Wisconsin, as Kimberly offensive guard Logan Bruss, Menomonie offensive guard Alex Fenton and Middleton offensive guard Kayden Lyles also attended camp. Beach came out of the camp with positive feelings about the group’s connection on and off the football field as they begin to form a bond.
“Working with them was great because one day I'll be playing with those guys on the line,” Beach said. “We just have such a good off the field relationship and we now have a great on the field relationship, which only brings us closer as teammates.”
Before arriving at Wisconsin, Beach is looking to make several strides in his upcoming senior season, first and foremost a playoff run for him and his teammates.
“This season I'm hoping our team can make the playoffs because we have a very good squad with some really talented players,” said Beach. “Personally I'm hoping to be about 285 pounds during the season, and I want to increase my flexibility for more power through my hips.”